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La Caida de Constantinopla – Steven Runciman – Ebook download as ePub . epub), Text File .txt) or read book online. La caída de Constantinopla. Front Cover. Steven Runciman. Espasa-Calpe, – Bibliographic information. QR code for La caída de Constantinopla . La caída de Constantinopla, (SIN ASIGNAR) History ‘Once again Sir Steven Runciman demonstrates his mastery of historical narrative an excellent tale.

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Runciman’s narrative is epic, dramatic and with pation; maybe the first part of the book is some dull, but after when turns to the siege is an excellent story. The most egregious example is from pages 20 and 21, where the author explains why many Greeks were reluctant to accept Union with Rome.

One of his central tenemants is the arbitrary nature of defining Constantinople’s fall as the ‘end’ of the Dark Ages, and he does a convincing job of making his point that many of the effects often ascribed to the fall had long been in process. Rather, it fell because the petty jealousies of the Western leaders made the defense of Constantinople impossible.

The Turks come out of this book pretty barbaric, it should be born in mind that this was an era where witches and heretics were burning on the stake, so while we admire the roman heroism, try not to let cul This short book about the final moment of the Eastern Roman empire is pretty touching. Runciman believed in the art of turning history into readable narrative–something he does with remarkable skill–and the result is a book that is powerful and engrossing, but which, by necessity, must elide, simplify, and generally stick to a single narrative perspective.

One thing for sure, having read the book, it is impossible for me to walk the old streets of Istanbul the same way I did before.

A few statesmen looked further ahead. To ask other readers questions about The Fall of Constantinopleplease sign up. Felipe rated it did not like it Nov 17, I have always had a fascination for this part of European history Aeneas Sylvius, in his lament, termed the fall of Constantinople as ‘the second death of Homer and of Plato.

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I highly recommend this book, it would be of interest to anyone wanting to constantinopka more about Constantinople, Greek history, Turkish history, Islaamic history, the early Renaissance, and the intricacies of Papal, Venetian and Genoan relations. Though back in the day I read military history from Mesopotamia to Midway, the middle ages seemed like a real backwater in strategic and tactical terms, and I just wasn’t that interested.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. No trivia or quizzes yet. From to he was Professor of Byzantine Art and History at Istanbul University, in Turkey, where he began the research on the Crusades which would lead to his best known work, the History of the Crusades three volumes appearing in, and I enjoyed the book for the amount of detail: But starting with the sack of Constantinople in the s by the Crusaders, a succession of clowns and lunatics held the emperorship, frittering away ce wealth of centuries, until by the late s the Byzantine empire was reduced to the city of Constantinople, a shell of its former self with a population of about 50, people froma century before demoralized by vicious internecine infighting.

Return to Book Page. The Byzantine Empire encompassed a huge swath of Africa, Asia, and Europe after the partition of the Roman empire by Constantine; and for nearly a millennium it survived in some manner, occasionally getting stomped on by Crusaders or Arabs, but hanging on to territory and a decent economic base. The writing is pretty solid, but one annoying tick is Cqida dearth of commas, which tunciman than once led me to start a sentence, get completely confused, only to clear the fog with a strategically placed comma.

Americans and Western Europeans who think of Christianity as the story of Catholics and Protestants will learn a great deal about the rich history of the Orthodox Church and medieval Greek culture as opposed to the Latin Middle Ages with which most of us are familiar.

History is complex and tricky, and there aren’t really clear boundaries and lines where one era ends and another begins, but there’s a good argument to be made for calling May 29, the end of the Middle Ages; the last piece of the old Roman empire fell, cannon and gunpowder were shown to be the future of battle, the Catholic church, by failing to provide much meaningful support to the city against the Turks lost much prestige, and the land route from Europe to Asia was severed, pushing the search for a sea-route.


A cursory glance at mainstream media and social media will reveal that some people worship the event as the Ottoman genius conquering the most prized city and civilization, and some others still feeling the pity because some ‘barbarians’ broke the walls and put a sudden end to the pinnacle of civilization.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. A piece titled “Lamentatio sanctae matris ecclesiae Constantinopolitanae” by a Franco-Flemish composer, Guillaume Du Fay, written about years ago, lame It all started with a question from a dear friend: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Aug 03, Paul rated it really liked it.

The quibble I had with The Sicilian Vespers, the other of Runciman’s books I’ve read, namely that, in his effort to stick to the story he’s telling, he skimmed over tangents I wished he’d have more fully pursued, that problem does not exist here. He face was dominated by a pair of piercing eyes, under a This book has a lot of weaknesses. The Ottomans conversely were progressing, utilizing technology and a mighty military to make enroads across the map. At the corner of the Blachernae wall there washalf-hidden by a tower, a small sally-port known as the Kerkoporta … but someone returning from a sortie forgot to bar the little gate after him.

The book was written in the mid ‘s, however, and it shows.

The story is that good, the characters, their motives and actions are all that good, and they are all true. An extraordinarily cogent narrative, a page-turner that doesn’t wear its erudition on its sleeve.

La caída de Constantinopla by Steven Runciman (1 star ratings)

A timely The Fall of Constinonple is in my top 5 saddest historical events. And, suffice it to say some of my best writing to date was centered around TFoC, and I still have dreams of writing a historical novel set there. Mehmet II is the regular invader, who just could not rest till he got Constantinople tucked in his growing Ottoman Empire. Runciman brings the history alive before the eyes and nowhere it falls into traps of partiality or ambiguity. Excellent preface, appendices, notes, bibliography, index, with some interesting plates and drawings.

Nov 15, Josh Friedlander rated it liked it Shelves: PaperbackCantopages.